Apparently, according to a YouGov poll, the 3 most desired jobs in the UK are author, librarian and academic. Who knew? And as I am both an author and an academic, I get two helpings of kudos. Interesting. I don't think I've ever featured on a most wanted list before.
This has, of course, led to debate among authors about why we might be so desirable. Don't answer that! It's not for the money, that's for certain. With a few notable exceptions authors don't make a lot - but as we are grouped with librarians and academics, also not particularly high on the earning scale, I don't think it's that.
My theory is that it is surroundings. All three professions have scenery that includes book filled libraries and elegantly appointed studies.Throw in intellectual debate, an aura of peace and calm and the joy of the creative muse ...
That the reality for an author is more likely to involve sitting in your dressing gown at a computer on the corner of the kitchen table, pretending that surfing the Internet for pictures of kittens is 'Research' and having meaningful conversations with the dog, is nether here nor there. Not to mention the hot water bottles and fingerless gloves when the weather is cold and the heat doesn't come on until six.
But this is the land of wish fulfilment. It's all about the image. Back to the book lined study again, with the magnificent desk. Or maybe a summer house in the garden? Stopping when the sun is just over the yard arm for the restorative glass of perfectly chilled wine. Hey, I'm almost convincing myself here!
|Where I write - sometimes.
The link to the YouGov poll is HERE if you want to read more.